Amnesty Program for Traffic Tickets - Ended June 30, 2012

PLEASE NOTE: The Amnesty Program for traffic tickets ended June 30, 2012.

Until June 30, 2012, certain unpaid traffic tickets are eligible for a 50 percent discount under a one-time amnesty program. To qualify for amnesty all the following conditions must be met:

  • Your outstanding traffic debt was due to be paid in full before January 1, 2009;
  • The last date you made a payment was on or before January 1, 2009;
  • You either failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full;
  • You do not owe restitution to a victim on any case within the county where the violation was filed; AND
  • You have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within the county where the violation was filed.

You will have to check with the superior court in the county where you got the ticket to determine how to pay for the traffic tickets that are eligible under the amnesty program.

No parking tickets, no DUIs, no reckless driving are eligible for the amnesty program.

The program includes all adult and juvenile vehicle code and non vehicle code infractions. Other traffic tickets due to be paid before January 1, 2009 could qualify too, but you will have to check with the superior court in the county where you got the ticket.

If other fees and assessments were added to your original fine, those will also be discounted 50 percent. The total amount you owe can be cut in half. You will have to pay it off in one lump sum, but you may be able to use a credit card. Cash and checks usually work, too. For details, and to check eligibility for your overdue court-ordered debt, contact the superior court where you got your violation.

Note: Some counties may have slightly different eligibility requirements. Check with the superior court in the county where you got your ticket to find out the specific details of the amnesty program.

Amnesty Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Who do I contact to see if my violation is eligible for the discount?

A: After January 1, 2012, contact the Superior Court in the county where the violation occurred.

Q: Can I pay with a credit card?

A: You can pay in whatever form is customary in your county, which may include credit card, cash, cashier's checks, money orders, and personal checks.
Check with your local superior court for payment information.

Q: Can I set up a payment plan?

A: No. You must pay the full 50% of amounts due in one lump payment.
Check with your local superior court for payment information.

Q: Will I be able to renew my driver's license after I satisfy the amnesty process?

A: Individuals who are unable to renew their driver's license due to unpaid tickets may have their driver's license hold or suspension released.

Q: What about "points" that the DMV adds to driving records?

A: The amnesty program does NOT eliminate points.

Q: Who gets the money collected?

A: The city, the county, the court, and the state.

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For more information or help, send an email to collections@jud.ca.gov

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Until June 30, 2012, certain unpaid traffic tickets are eligible for a 50 percent discount.
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